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UNICEF, Netflix to establish youth center for quake victims in Turkey

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UNICEF and Netflix will jointly establish a youth center in the Nurdağı district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep, which suffered devastating effects from twin earthquakes on Feb. 6, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Around 13 million people and 11 provinces were affected by the magnitude 7.7 and magnitude 7.5 earthquakes centered in southern Kahramanmaraş province.

The youth center will aim to improve the lives of young persons affected by the earthquakes, reintegrate them into social life and help them realize their potential, UNICEF said on Monday.

At this center, UNICEF will offer a special six-month training program that will enable young people to acquire new competencies and improve their social skills.

The center, with a capacity of over 1,000 persons, will also provide a variety of youth-friendly activities and social interaction opportunities.

Netflix, on the other hand, will provide the film and documentary content to be screened at the center, organize workshops to develop the creative abilities of young people and offer mentorship, in addition to financing.

Paolo Marchi, Turkey’s representative at UNICEF, said the Feb. 6 earthquakes caused an unprecedented tragedy for many young people in Turkey.

Since the first day, UNICEF has been working to provide humanitarian aid to children and youths affected by the earthquakes, he said.

Through cooperation with Netflix, UNICEF will continue to support youths in the earthquake-affected Nurdağı region and help them acquire creative skills that are critical to their development, he added.

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